What are the changes in 2021?

The new year brings with it a number of changes in payroll tax and social security law. We have summarized the most relevant changes in 2021 for you here. Here are the most important facts and key data:

  • Increase in the general minimum wage
  • Elimination of solidarity surcharge
  • Electromobility: increase in monthly flat rates for charging
  • Increase of the distance allowance
  • Mobility bonus as an alternative to the distance allowance
  • Increase in relief amount for single parents
  • Contribution rates and levy rates in 2021
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November assistance and new start assistance for solo self-employed

In view of the dynamic occurrence of infection, the federal government and the states have decided on measures to break the wave of infection. For certain industries, this includes temporary closures. With the extraordinary economic aid, the solo self-employed are now also being supported.

Many solo self-employed people are waiting for this information,

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Surprise mail from the tax office – where did they get the information about my foreign account?

Today, the German tax office can access high-quality data on foreign accounts and systematically evaluate this data. The Federal Central Tax Office is currently evaluating 1.1 million messages from this data exchange.

We are currently experiencing the effects of implementing this data exchange.

After the first measures of data exchange on financial matters between European and non-European countries have already taken place in the past,

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Extraordinary Corona Economic Aid November

The extraordinary Corona Economic Assistance for the month of November 2020 offers further important support for companies, businesses, self-employed persons, associations and institutions that are particularly affected by the current Corona restrictions. The details and conditions of the Corona Economic Aid November are now fixed.

The application for Corona Economic Assistance November must be submitted by the tax consultant or auditor and is currently not yet possible.

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For all, which must close starting from 2.11., the again announced Corona economic aids are extremely interesting!

Companies affected by the temporary closure, such as the catering industry, are to receive 75% of November 2019 revenues.

It is expected that applications will again be submitted via the bridging assistance platform. However, this platform must first be programmed for this purpose. Bridging assistance and short-time working allowance (KuG) will be deducted from the reimbursement amount.

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Data exchange with Turkey: voluntary disclosure protects against prosecution

In the middle of this year, the Federal Ministry of Finance declared that the Automatic Exchange of Information (AIA) will be expanded to include new countries from autumn 2020. The focus will be on data exchange with Turkey.

We have therefore asked Dr. Christopher Arendt, attorney, tax law specialist and managing director of ACCONSIS in Munich,

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Bridging aid Corona (Phase 2) is extended, expanded and simplified

On September 18, 2020, the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy (BMWi) informed about the extension and expansion of the bridging assistance provided by the Federal Government for the months September to December 2020, whereby the access conditions will be lowered and the assistance expanded.

The aid programme (Bridging Assistance II) supports small and medium-sized enterprises as well as solo self-employed and freelancers who are particularly hard hit by the measures to combat corona with non-repayable grants towards fixed operating costs.

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Überbrückungshilfe Corona

Application deadline for “Überbrückungshilfe Corona” – this is non-refundable!

The application period for the bridging aid Corona will be extended according to the meeting of the coalition committee on 25.08.2020. The decision provides that the duration of the bridging aid program for small and medium-sized enterprises will not end until 31.12.2020.

Applications for the Corona bridging assistance program have been possible since July 2020 at the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs.

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What changes in short-time work and short-time allowance?

We have summarized all the changes in short-time working and short-time allowance for you. This applies in detail:

  • the increase in the short-time working allowance
  • the new rules for new mini-jobs during short-time work in the main job
  • a summary of the recording obligation for marginally employed and short-term workers

You can find all details here.

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Selbstanzeige Finanzamt Türkei

The next wave of voluntary declarations to the tax office is foreseeable!

Since 2014, 100 countries have committed themselves to exchange information from account holders among themselves in the framework of the Automatic Information Exchange (AIA). This OECD measure ensures greater transparency in international money transactions and, as seen in the example with Switzerland, has also resulted in numerous cases of voluntary disclosure to the tax authorities.

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Mehrwertsteuersenkung zum 01-07.2020

Value added tax reduction – you have to consider that from 01.07.2020!

In order to revive the economy after the corona shock of the last few months, the German government adopted a comprehensive fiscal stimulus package on June 12, 2020. A central part of these measures is the temporary reduction of the statutory value-added tax within the framework of the standard tax rate from currently 19 % to 16 % and the reduced tax rate from 7 % to 5 %.

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Überbrückungshilfe Corona

Non-repayable ‘Überbrückungshilfe Corona’

On 12 June 2020, the German government adopted the key points for the “bridging aid for small and medium-sized enterprises which have to cease their business operations completely or to a significant extent in the course of the Corona crisis”.

The bridging assistance is a cross-sectoral grant programme with a duration of three months (June to August 2020) and a maximum programme volume of 25 billion euros.

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100% subsidised advice: up to 4,000 euros without own contribution

We recommend using the free advice up to a volume of 4,000 euros to find ways out of the Corona crisis. The funding is provided by the German Federal Government. As a consultant you have to be approved for the BAFA programme – ACCONSIS GmbH Wirtschaftsprüfungsgesellschaft fulfils this requirement and supports you in the application process or takes over the application for funding for you.

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Corona Notfallkredite - Empfehlung rasche Beantragung

Our recommendation: Rapid application for emergency loans

Since last week, companies can apply for emergency loans from the KfW, which are then disbursed as quickly as possible via their house banks. Since then, the banks have been overrun by applications for the KfW emergency loans to cope with the Corona crisis. On the first day of the aid programme Deutsche Bank alone received more than 5300 applications from companies.

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